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Minimalist metal exterior home photo in Seattle

Port Ludlow HouseModern Exterior, Seattle

The Port Ludlow Residence is a compact, 2400 SF modern house located on a wooded waterfront property at the north end of the Hood Canal, a long, fjord-like arm of western Puget Sound. The house creates a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to the beautiful Hood Canal.

The east-facing house is sited along a high bank, with a wonderful view of the water. The main living volume is completely glazed, with 12-ft. high glass walls facing the view and large, 8-ft.x8-ft. sliding glass doors that open to a slightly raised wood deck, creating a seamless indoor-outdoor space. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch. Anchoring the north end of the living space is a two-story building volume containing several bedrooms and separate his/her office spaces.

The interior finishes are simple and elegant, with IPE wood flooring, zebrawood cabinet doors with mahogany end panels, quartz and limestone countertops, and Douglas Fir trim and doors. Exterior materials are completely maintenance-free: metal siding and aluminum windows and doors. The metal siding has an alternating pattern using two different siding profiles.

The house has a number of sustainable or “green” building features, including 2x8 construction (40% greater insulation value); generous glass areas to provide natural lighting and ventilation; large overhangs for sun and rain protection; metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability, and a heat pump mechanical system for maximum energy efficiency. Sustainable interior finish materials include wood cabinets, linoleum floors, low-VOC paints, and natural wool carpet.

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Michael Lemma wrote:Feb 22, 2015
Jack Holloway wrote:Jan 3, 2015
Tommy Nguyen wrote:Sep 5, 2013
    Best archtectura houses by houzz
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    Mark Bischak, Architect
    You are better off contacting FINNE Architects, explaining to them what about this house you like and what else you want in your new home, and let them design something specifically for you.
mountainfreak4465 wrote:Mar 12, 2017
  • mountainfreak4465

    thanks, do you know which color you used on the stain?

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    FINNE Architects

    We mixed a custom color and the colors we used are no longer available.

Rita Pol wrote:Oct 7, 2016
  • Axel Salazar
    Nice house
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    FINNE Architects

    Well, Walter, this thread was originally about window shades, but you make some good points about mechanical systems!

Tim J wrote:Dec 10, 2014
  • Tim J
    Thanks for that. Yes, I currently use a great triple-paned, glazed, insulated window, made locally. I can definitely tell the difference from the older wood double-pane windows (un-insulated).

    While my current home was built as post and beam, if I were to build I would most definitely implement radiant floor heating as I just did in my studio shed this summer; it's proving to be very efficient. Although the type of in-floor heating I would prefer (in a slab) becomes more tricky when accounting for frequent earthquake activity.

    Thanks for the info!
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    FINNE Architects
    You are very welcome. A few more points. At the Mazama House, the large windows allow for passive heating of the concrete radiant slab. Also, we typically insulate ceiling construction to at least R-50 and walls to R-38. Finally, during the daytime there is often no need for any electric lighting whatsoever, thus creating another energy-savings.
tiffenyr wrote:Apr 15, 2014
  • rsalcedo
    I love the design. I like to a deck n master bedroom to our existing home in Napa. The home is two years old and we would like to change the front facade and add a master bedroom with a deck. Connect with me Salcedo_robert@yahoo.com. Attached are some fotos of my home made landscape. We are open to ideas.
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    FINNE Architects
    Thanks so much for your email and your interest in my work. Unfortunately, we are just swamped with new work at the moment, so I will not be able to help you.
judestreich wrote:May 25, 2016
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    FINNE Architects

    Thanks for your question about of Port Ludlow House. Unfortunately, we do not post plans and other drawings online.

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    Keuka Studios, Inc

    Love the exposed structural steel!

rambo0861 wrote:Oct 19, 2013
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    FINNE Architects
    Hi Kris,
    Thanks for your question about the Port Ludlow project. We use a very good structural engineer: Swenson,Say Faget in Seattle. The roof overhangs are achieved with cantilevered supports, some using only wood beams and rafters, others using steel beams and wood rafters. The main living space has steel columns and steel cross beams to form a rigid frame, since there really is not any solid wall area. When you use large glass areas in a design, steel framing is a necessity and it does add significant extra cost to a project.
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    FINNE Architects
    See comments above.
Susan Martenson wrote:Aug 26, 2013
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    FINNE Architects
    Hi Susan,
    I would be happy to discuss your project with you. I suggest contacting me at 206-467-2880 or nils@finne.com.
    Thanks for your interest in my work.
    --Nils Finne, AIA
  • Susan Martenson
    Hi Nils,
    Please forgive me for not responding sooner to your quick response. I am unfortunately very busy. I am going to keep your contact information and when I know more about the direction I will be taking I will again be in touch.
    Best Regards,
Chelsey Oldham wrote:Mar 7, 2013
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    FINNE Architects
    Thanks for your question concerning the cost of our Port Ludlow project. I appreciate your kind words about the design. As a matter of office policy, I do not give out costs for our work. However, you can call me sometime at 206-467-2880, and I will try to give you a general ballpark number.
    --Nils Finne, AIA
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    La Habra Fence Company

    Nice building. Looking amazing.

Job Well Done LTD wrote:Sep 30, 2016
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    FINNE Architects


    Thanks for your question about our Port Ludlow House. The windows and doors were made by an aluminum window manufacturer in Michigan, but that company is no longer in business.

Decorating Den Interiors - BBRoul Design wrote:Mar 23, 2016
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    FINNE Architects

    Hi Betty,

    Thanks so much for your interest in the Port Ludlow House. We do work all over the United States, and we are currently working on a waterfront house located on Sanibel Island, Florida. So, to answer your question, the type of architecture that you can see in the Port Ludlow house can also be adapted to a more tropical climate. Although we are terribly busy, I am always interested in discussing new projects. You can reach me via email at nils@finne.com or phone 206-467-2880.

mamakista wrote:Oct 27, 2015
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    FINNE Architects


    Thanks for your question about our Port Ludlow house project. The exterior metal siding is by AEP span, and the colors are Zactique II and Cool Metallic Silver. We have not really had a glare problem at the house, but it is east-facing.

Cody Meeker wrote:Aug 2, 2015
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    FINNE Architects


    Thanks for your question about our Port Ludlow House. As a matter of office policy, I do not provide specific project costs. I can tell you that our projects typically cost between $350- $550 per SF.

mamusu wrote:May 9, 2015
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    FINNE Architects

    Thanks for your question about our Port Ludlow house. I suggest that you send me an email at this address: nils@finne.com. I can tell you that I design each house as a custom project; I do not "sell plans" of completed projects. Having said that, it is not unusual to begin work on a new house with a completed project as a strong reference point. You could say that some houses are "cousins" to each other.

    - Nils Finne, AIA

jshumka wrote:Feb 20, 2014
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    FINNE Architects
    Thanks for your question about the siding materials at our Port Ludlow project.
    We used metal siding with two different profiles for the siding. The darker grey areas are a fairly tightly-spaced corrugated pattern called Nu-Wave. The lighter grey areas are a more widely-spaced metal siding. See attached detail photo.
lmgregory wrote:Aug 25, 2013
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    FINNE Architects
    Thanks for your interest in our Port Ludlow project. The aluminum windows and oversized sliding doors were made by a small Michigan company that is no longer in business.

What Houzz contributors are saying:

Jeffrey Koppel added this to How Safe Are Your Windows Against Burglars?Jun 11, 2018

Why we love windows. Installing expansive windows is a great way to draw in natural light and take advantage of views. Before central heating, air conditioning and insulated windows were commonplace, single-paned windows often allowed cold drafts and dampness into the home, so large expanses of windows were impractical. As plate glass became less expensive to manufacture and insulation improved, architects began including vaulted ceilings, large two-story entries with glass over the doors and lots of floor-to-ceiling windows to maximize views and the amount of light coming into the home. While homes with large windows add beauty and light, they do compromise the security and safety of the house. Therefore, you should take measures to add security to your windows.

Ventana Construction LLC added this to 6 Lessons Learned From a Master Suite RemodelMar 31, 2015

4. See the value of CA. CA is not California. It’s construction administration, and it’s one of the key services that architects offer their clients. When the construction set of plans is done, the elevations and electrical plans are complete, and the project is ready to start, it is not time to bid your architect adieu. Construction administration keeps architects on through construction, usually attending weekly meetings and providing design details as needed, assisting with electrical and tile layout, and providing feedback to the contractor as they build.Architects also provide clients with an objective and experienced eye as construction proceeds. They can scan the room and notice whether framing is installed as they designed it and whether the materials they specified are being used — particularly on the components of the house that are inside walls.I can unequivocally say that the projects we work on where CA is part of the project go more smoothly and have more consistently excellent outcomes, because of the collaboration that is built into the process. Would you rather have your contractor work out design details, or the architect to whom you entrusted the design of your project? Let all the professionals do their jobs, and keep your team together during construction.

Becky Harris added this to Houzz Tour: Natural Meets Industrial in a Canal-Side Washington HomeAug 14, 2013

Houzz at a GlanceWho lives here: A couple transitioning into retirementLocation: Port Ludlow, WashingtonSize: 2,450 square feet, 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroomsThe left side of the house contains the living room, dining room and kitchen. The narrow tower that juts out to the right of it contains his-and-her offices stacked one atop the other. The wing on the far right contains a guest suite on the first floor and the master suite above it.Large overhangs extend over the clerestory windows, offering protection from direct sunlight and rain. “The siding intersperses wider and narrower corrugated steel to give the industrial materials a residential scale,” explains Finne. “The juxtaposed patterns are unexpected.” Throughout the house Finne used a mix of industrial and natural materials to create a dynamic relationship between nature and technology.

Duo Dickinson, architect added this to What You Must Know About the Sun and Your HomeMar 22, 2013

The architect of this home created a simple glazed living space that opens up to become a front porch to a beautiful water view. During the warm summer months, the living area feels like a large, open porch but with large overhangs for sun and rain protection and metal siding (recycled steel) for maximum durability.A home's skin degrades more quickly and requires maintenance if the sun blasts any surface save rock or stucco. Painting is needed much more frequently wherever the sun has protracted contact with painted siding. All plastic surfaces have their colors impacted by the sun. Natural wood left raw — whether roofing or siding — degrades in the sun, often becoming brittle enough to erode and almost always becoming discolored. Tile and slate roofs are fairly impervious to the sun's impact but are very costly. Painted aluminum fades, and asphalt shingles become brittle as their aggregate coatings wash away over time.Any surface can be painted and repainted, but the best defense against unwanted sun contact on a home's exterior wall surfaces is a roof overhang or any other shading device — an awning, a trellis or even strategically placed trees.

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having some vertical some horizontal

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